|Publication number||US7412212 B2|
|Application number||US 10/308,116|
|Publication date||Aug 12, 2008|
|Filing date||Dec 3, 2002|
|Priority date||Oct 7, 2002|
|Also published as||CN1692596A, CN100531022C, EP1550253A1, EP1550253B1, US20040066754, WO2004032401A1|
|Publication number||10308116, 308116, US 7412212 B2, US 7412212B2, US-B2-7412212, US7412212 B2, US7412212B2|
|Original Assignee||Nokia Corporation|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (11), Non-Patent Citations (3), Referenced by (103), Classifications (12), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims priority from U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/416,253, entitled A Communication System, filed on Oct. 7, 2002.
The present invention is concerned with the field of wireless communications and in particular a method and system for determining control information which is used by the transmitting base station.
The explosive growth of wireless communications along with the associated applications and services that have developed as a result, require communication channels having greater bandwidths for supporting such data intensive applications. Traditionally, one of the biggest bottlenecks in data packet transmissions has occurred in the air interface between the base station and the mobile stations, the so-called radio access network.
Third generation wireless communications (3G) include many standards and techniques which try to increase packet data transmission rates. One such technology, WCDMA HSPDA (High Speed Data Packet access) is envisaged to boost the capacity of downlink data transmission channels to a level capable of supporting the most demanding of multimedia users. For example, at the time of writing it is envisaged that data rates in excess of 20 Mbps will be available for MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) systems. Similar concepts are standardized for cdma2000 systems in the US. In particular within the 1XEV-DV specification (see 3GPP2, The physical layer standard for cdma2000 spread spectrum systems—Release C, TS C. S0002-C, May 2002). Similar data throughput or spectral efficiency targets are envisioned for 4G (Fourth Generation) systems.
Moreover, many modern applications require a certain QoS (Quality of Service) to be established for the application to be correctly supported. For example, a real-time streaming video application to be sent to a user will want to establish that there is a communication channel or channels available to the user which can adequately support the required bit-rate for the relevant time. In addition, the QoS targets can be negotiated between the transmitter and the receiver.
One of the characteristics central to any wireless communication system is the so-called multipath fading effect, which results in constructive and destructive effects being produced due to multipath signals. That is, a transmitted signal may develop a plurality of secondary signals which bounce off or are delayed by certain media, for example buildings, and result in multiple signal paths being created and received.
A method for dealing with such multipath effects is by introducing so-called “diversity” into the system. That is, a plurality of independent paths are created between the transmitter and receiver. These paths can be obtained for example: over time by interleaving coded bits, over frequency by the combining of multipaths in CDMA systems, and over space by using multiple transmit antennas (transmit diversity) or receive antennas (receive diversity). Transmit diversity has been achieved in known systems using open loop space-time codes like STTD (Space Time Transmit Diversity) currently in the WCDMA Release 99 and Release 4 specification (3GPP, Physical Layer General Description, TS 25.202, 2002). The advantages of various diversity techniques have been identified for 3G and even 4G wireless communication systems. Diversity techniques alleviate the effects of poor channel conditions in providing a plurality of other independent channel options.
R. Knopp and P. Humblet in an article entitled “Information Capacity and Power Control in a Single Cell Multiuser Communications” published in the Proceedings of the IEEE ICC in Seattle in June 1995, discuss the so-called “multiuser diversity” effect. Multiuser diversity makes use of the fact that in a wireless communication system having many users, each having independent time-varying fading channels, it is likely that at any point in time there is a user with a much better channel conditions than the average. Thus, by scheduling transmissions to mobile stations according to the relative strength of the channels, the overall system performance is improved.
To implement multiuser diversity in a system it is necessary that the transmitter knows the link quality between the transmitter and each of the receivers. In Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) systems this can provided with a feedback control channel, wherein each mobile station tracks its signal quality which is fed back to the base station. It is also necessary that the base station is capable of scheduling transmissions to the relevant base stations and can adapt the transmission criteria as a function of the feedback channel quality. For example, if a mobile station returns channel information that is better than for other channels, the base station scheduler will prioritise transmission over that channel next and based on the quality of the channel will decide what transmission rate to use.
HSDPA relies on link adaptation where the transmitting element has the ability of adapting the transmission parameters to compensate for changing channel conditions. The channel conditions can be estimated based on information fed back from the receiver element. In HSDPA a parameter known as the CQI (Channel Quality Indicator) provides information on the transport format (for example: the coding, modulation, etc) to be used at the base station for transmitting to the mobile station. However, the current HSDPA specification merely describes that a CQI is chosen based on channel information received or measured at the mobile station. It has to be assumed that this channel information would typically be some sort of standard channel quality measure such as the received SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) or FER (Frame Error rate). Although the Release 4 WCDMA specification (referenced above) does support the use of closed-loop transmit diversity techniques, the Release 5 specification for HSDPA (3GPP, UTRA high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)—overall description, TS 25.308, 2002). Nor do the Release 5 specifications describe channel allocations means for supporting such techniques.
An International patent application published on 21 Mar. 2002 with publication number WO 02/23743 describes a system for scheduling mobile stations to download data and/or to control the transmission rate from a base station to a mobile station as a function of the downlink channel conditions. The channel conditions are measured at the mobile station and then fed back to a base station for scheduling. This system describes applying random complex scaling factors to different transmitting antennas and then receiving a resulting composite signal at a receiver.
However, the system described in WO 02/23743 does not adequately address the problems encountered for allocating channels in a multiuser environment. Specifically
It is an aim of the present invention to provide a method and system for increasing the throughput of a multiuser system with multiple transmitters so that multiuser diversity and channel allocation is improved.
According to a first aspect of the present invention there is provided a method of communication over a wireless network having a plurality of communication resources formed between a plurality of transmitters and at least one receiver, the method comprising: determining a characteristic for each communication resource; selecting a set of weighting factors to be applied to the transmitters based on the communication resource characteristics; determining for each communication resource a quality indication based on the selected weighting factors; and allocating said communication resources depending on said quality indication.
Preferably, the communication resource is a channel and wherein the characteristic for each communication resource is a channel impulse response.
Preferably, wherein there a plurality of receivers, each receiver selects a set of weighting factors that provides the maximum signal power received at that receiver. The selection is made from a plurality of sets of weighting factors to decide on a final set of weighting factors to be applied to each transmitter.
Preferably, the allocation of said communication resources is prioritised depending on said quality indication.
Preferably, wherein said quality indication is an estimate of a communication resource at some future instant in time based on said selected weighting factors being applied to the transmitters.
According to a further aspect of the present invention there is provided a wireless communication system having a plurality of communication resources formed between a plurality of transmitters and at least one receiver, the system comprising: circuitry for estimating the communication resource characteristics; selection circuitry for selecting a set of weighting factors to be applied to the transmitters based on the channel characteristics; estimation circuitry for determining communication resource quality based on the selected weighting factor; and communication resource allocation circuitry for allocating said communication resource depending on the estimated communication resource quality.
Preferably, wherein the communication resource allocation circuitry comprises: circuitry for deciding on the final weighting array to be applied to each transmitter, and circuitry for determining the best communication resource specified by time, space, code or frequency resulting in the best set of weighting factors and quality indication for said communication resource.
According to yet another aspect of the present invention there is provided a mobile station in a wireless network for communicating with a base station, the base station having a plurality of transmitters so that a plurality of communication resources are formed between the base station and mobile station, the mobile station having: circuitry for determining a characteristic for each communication resource; selection circuitry for selecting a set of weighting factors to be applied to the corresponding transmitters based on the communication resource characteristics; and calculation circuitry for determining for each communication resource a quality indication based on the selected weighting factors.
Preferably, wherein said information obtained from said characteristic determining circuitry, said selection circuitry and said calculation circuitry is fed back to the base station that has channel allocation circuitry for allocating communication resources.
According to still another aspect of the present invention there is provided a base station in a wireless network for communicating with at least one mobile station having at least one receiver, the base station having a plurality of transmitters so that a plurality of communication resources are formed between the base station and mobile station, the base station having: circuitry for determining a characteristic for each communication resource; selection circuitry for selecting a set of weighting factors to be applied to the corresponding transmitters based on the communication resource characteristics; and calculation circuitry for determining for each communication resource a quality indication based on the selected weighting factors; and channel allocation circuitry for allocating said communication resources depending on said quality indication.
Preferably, wherein said base station communicates with a plurality of mobile stations, the base station further comprising: circuitry for receiving a plurality of sets of weighting factors corresponding to each of the plurality of mobile station and deciding on a final set of weighting factors to be applied to the transmitters.
According to yet another aspect of the present invention there is provided a computer program to be used in a wireless communication network having a plurality of communication resources formed between a base station having a plurality of transmitters and at least mobile station having a receiver, the computer program arranged to do the following: calculate a characteristic for each communication resource; process said communication resource characteristics and selecting a set of weighting factors to be applied to the corresponding transmitters based thereon; generate for each communication resource a quality indicator based on the selected weighting factors; and allocate said communication resources depending on said quality indicator.
Preferably, there are a plurality of mobile stations in the wireless network and said computer program is able to perform processing for each mobile station to select a set of weighting factors for each mobile station that results in the maximum signal power being received for that mobile station.
Preferably, wherein the computer program decides from the plurality of sets of weighting factors a final set of weighting factors to be applied to the transmitters.
Embodiments of the present invention will now be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
For conceptual purposes, the present embodiment of the channel allocator shown in
The grid of
For the purposes of explanation, the grid shows how channels have been allocated at a particular instant in time t, in which base station 2 is simultaneously transmitting data to three mobile stations MS1, MS2, MS3. That is, at time t data is being transmitted simultaneously to a first mobile station MS1 over a first channel using the first beam Φ1 and the second time slot TS2, also data is being transmitted to the second mobile station MS2 over a second cannel using the beam Φ1 and the fourth time slot TS4, and data is being transmitted to the third mobile station MS3 over a third channel using a second beam Φ2 and the fourth time slot TS4.
Channel information corresponding to the channels is fed back to base station 2 from the receiving mobile stations 4. This can be done for example, using one of the uplink control channels, and the information can be transmitted when requested, at regular intervals, or the receiver can transmit it when the channel state changes. The channel allocator is then able to determine from the received channel information, which channels are the strongest, or which would maximize throughput or transmit efficiency. As an example, the grid shows all channels having poor signal quality as being shaded out. Poor signal quality may be a result of interference from neighbouring channels, propagation delay, fading, noise, etc.
However, the channels not shown as being shaded have good quality and depending on the relevant transmission requirements, for example, during a subsequent time period t+1, the channel allocator will maintain the channel for MS3, but will re-schedule the channels corresponding to MS1 and MS2 respectively. This is done because the channel information feedback indicates that the current channel for MS1 is becoming poor and would be better if it is re-scheduled for the third time slot TS3 of beam Φ2. Similarly the channel for MS2 is becoming poor and will be re-scheduled as shown at a certain time.
Turning now to HSDPA, and related concepts, a CQI value has been defined which specifies to a transmitter of a base station how data is to be transmitted. For example,
According to an embodiment of the present invention as shown in
H=[h1 . . . hM] Equation 1
where hm is the impulse response between the mth array element (i.e. antenna m of base station 2) and one receiver of a mobile station.
Thus, equation 1 represents the transmit diversity embodiment shown in
A true MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) system having a plurality of receivers RX1 to RXK for each mobile station is shown in
For the MIMO case, the channel impulse response matrix H becomes two dimensional in that there are K receiver antennas each able to receive the transmissions of the M transmit antennas, resulting in the augmented H matrix:
Thus hNK represents the estimated channel impulse response for the channel formed by the mth transmitting antenna of a base station 2 and received by the kth receiving antenna of a mobile station 4.
The H matrix calculation becomes multidimensional when one considers the multiuser system of
The estimate of the channel impulse response hnm being calculated for each channel by transmitting a known training bit sequence or pilot signal and comparing it to the actual training bit sequence or pilot signal received for each channel as is well known in the art and will not be described further herein.
The embodiment of
The weighting array W is then fed back along path 40 to the base station 2 where a particular weighting factor wm is applied to each of the transmitter antennas TX1 to TXM. The process of applying a particular complex weighting factor to each of the transmitting antennas is known as beamforming in that a specific type of radiation pattern can be produced. According to an embodiment of the present invention the weighting factors are selected to obtain an optimal linear combination of the channels such that the received signal energy (RX Power as described in
Mathematically, the selection of the optimised weighting factors for each mobile station can be calculated as:
Alternatively the weighting factor array W can be formed by obtaining the eigenvector corresponding to the largest eigenvalue of the so-called channel correlation matrix R, in which:
R=HH.H, where HH is the Hermitian transpose matrix of the estimated impulse response matrix H.
However, it will be appreciated that in a multiuser or MIMO system, a weighting factor array W which is calculated will probably only be optimal for that particular receiver or mobile station. Thus, in the multiuser system of
It is therefore necessary for circuitry in the base station 2 to make an overall decision as to the actual values of the weighting factors wm that are applied to each transmitter. The channel allocator 3 is best suited for this purpose, since it can base its decision on the estimated SIR or channel quality, or some function of these which takes account of multiple users or services simultaneously. In one embodiment, the channel allocator 3 may decide to find a compromise between the optimal weighting arrays submitted by each mobile station. Alternatively the allocator 3 may decide to produce a radiation pattern whose main lobe enhances the signal transmissions for each of the allocated channels, but nulls or mitigates the interfering signals to the other receivers.
In summary, each mobile station produces its own optimal weighting factor array W comprising each of the weighting factors w1 to wM for producing spatial diversity (SDMA). However, in a multiuser system having a plurality of N mobile stations, it can be seen that N different weighting factor arrays will be fed back to the base station 4.
In a further embodiment of the present invention, it is envisaged that optimum weighting factor arrays will be determined and selected for particular carrier frequencies. That is, although the impulse response h for each of the channels can be thought of in the traditional sense as being a measure of the channel conditions with respect to time h(t), it is important to understand that the impulse responses will vary depending on the carrier frequency being used by each transmitter, i.e. h(t,f). In FDMA (Frequency Divisional Multiple Access) communication channels are created by transmitting data over different carrier frequencies. Therefore, this embodiment allows the mobile stations to feedback weighting factor information that is also optimised with respect to what frequency produces the optimal channel conditions h. In addition, the mobile station can select the frequency that gives the desired received signal power using a desired transmit matrix W. Also, the mobile station can select dynamically the transmission time, transmission frequency carrier (or subcarrier in multi-carrier or multi-tone systems) and the transport format (for example, CDMA, TDMA, etc or the type of modulation to be used) for at least the selected mobile station using the CQI feedback.
Also, it should be appreciated that the weighting factors wm can be selected optimally in respect of TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access), which if done correctly will allow multiple users to be placed in the same time slot.
After each mobile station has calculated the weighting factor array W it is now possible for circuitry 36 located in the mobile station station 4 to obtain a new estimated SIR (Signal to Interference ratio) 36 which is a measure of the channel conditions based on the selected weighting factors. The new estimated SIR 36 can be signalled to the base station 2 so that the base station can thus change the array W, and take into account the interference across different channels, and adjust the CQI accordingly.
According to one embodiment the estimated channel quality SIR at the mobile station or at the transmitter can be obtained using the equation:
where ∥HW∥ is the Frobenius norm representing the sum of the squared elements and divided by the measured noise power.
More generally, an estimated SIR for each channel, for the multiple antenna case of
SIR m =f(H m ,W m,noise,δ),
where δ could be for example the traditional CQI information as used in HSDPA systems. For example, information specifying: the actual Rx power, the modulation scheme used, the multiplexing scheme (SDMA, TDMA, CDMA, FDMA), some required QoS characteristic, etc. Also, it should be appreciated that in certain cases δ is dependant on the receiver algorithms being used.
Therefore each mobile station 4 can return to the base station 2, for a particular channel, an optimal weighting factor wm along path 40 and an estimate of the channel state SIR or a corresponding transport format (for example: modulation, coding parameters, transmission rate or power, etc.) along path 38 based on this weighting factor. Physically, this information can be fed back to the base station, 2 for example, by quantising the parameters and then sending them back on the relevant t uplink channel designated to contain feedback information.
For an HSDPA application, the base station 2 is now able to select or determine a CQI value (CQImfor each channel, using circuitry 30 which decides on the relevant CQI value based on a more intelligent estimate of the channel conditions (i.e. SIRm or CQIm depend on the coefficients or beam parameters in matrix Wm.
The channel allocation unit 3 therefore serves two primary purposes:
It should be appreciated that in one embodiment of the present application, the transport format including for example the coding or modulation schemes used is one of the resources being allocated. Typically, a decoder unit at each receiver is responsible for decoding the received data depending on the modulation scheme used. It should be appreciated that the present application envisages that an estimate of the SIR can either be taken at the input of the channel decoder or in an alternative embodiment at the output of the decoder, for example as is done with turbo or convolution codes. In general the quality measure SIR will depend on the receiver. That is for the same transmission schemes different receivers provide different quality measurements, for example FER, SNR, SINR, etc. These simple quality measurements are known.
Once the SIRm has been calculated, the equivalent CQI value, or the related transport format parameters that support a given QoS criteria, can be sent via path 42 to the channel allocator 3. The allocator then identifies which channels, if any, can support the channel characteristics corresponding to the specified CQI value. If the channel resources that are needed to support a given QoS are not available, e.g. being used by other channels or services, then according to a further embodiment of the present invention the channel allocator can be more flexible in modifying the required CQIm value, e.g. by a default amount. For example, if there is no channel available capable of supporting CQI1 then the allocator 3 can be programmed to default to a certain function of the required CQI;
i.e. CQI 2 =f(CQI 1)
For example, CQI 2 =CQI 1−3
Or, CQI 2 =CQI 1*0.5
Thus if the required CQI1 channel is busy, the scheduler 3 will automatically apply a programmed function to the value to produce a new CQI2 value for the channel allocator 3 to try and match-up to the available channels. It should be understood that this procedure can be an iterative one, in which if the newly generated CQI2 value can also not be provided by another channel since it is already busy, then a further function can be applied for specifying an even lower CQI3 value. However, it should be appreciated that for certain multimedia applications which require a certain QoS to be supported by the channel it is likely that the iterative process will stop when it reaches a certain minimum threshold which can support the particular application.
In another embodiment according to the present invention, if the channel quality measure or SIRm is relatively low and there is a good chance that there might be many channels which can support the required CQI value of a user or in fact do better, then the mobile station can for example transmit two CQI values, i.e. CQI1 and CQI2, to the base station. The scheduler 3 will identify the channels which can support CQI1 and will check whether any of these channels can support the optimum weighting factor wm If not, the base station will select CQI2 which is a higher value than CQI1. That is, as explained before the weighting factors may be calculated to achieve optimal beamforming based on the channel impulse responses to try and mitigate any interference. However, in practice it may not be feasible to radically alter all the weights applied to the transmitters which are already engaged in transmission on other channels, but in some cases it might be preferable to transmit on a channel which can at least support the optimal weighting factor for that channel. It may also be possible for the mobile station to transmit two or more CQI values, each of which corresponds to different selections of W, or different transmit solutions altogether. For example, one CQI value (CQI1) corresponds to an optimal selection of W (optimal beamforming), while another CQI value (CQI2) corresponds to STTD (Space Time Transmit Diversity) or some other open-loop multi-antenna or single antenna transmission method. To reduce the required feedback capacity one CQI value may be defined as a differential value compared to the other. For example, CQI1 can be signalled to the base station using only five feedback bits, and only one or two feedback bits are used to determine CQI2 in relation to CQI1. This can be used, for example, when the channel allocator determines that the feedback information determining the W matrix is not up-to-date due to signalling or control delays. Different combination of CQI1 and CQI2 are also possible, e.g. depending on control delays, or the reliability of the control mechanism used.
It needs to be appreciated that the functionality associated with circuitry 34 and 36 for calculating the weighting factor arrays W and the estimated channel conditions SIR do not need to be located in the mobile station and this functionality could be shifted to the base station. Also, at least for the WCDMA TDD (Time Division Duplex) case, no information needs to be fed back from the base station, since there is a pilot channel in the uplink direction from the mobile station to the base station. In this case, the estimated impulse response matrix H, the weighting factors wm, and the estimated SIR* can all be calculated at the base station.
It should be appreciated that embodiments of the present invention are suitable for all types of multiplexing transmission schemes as already described. These also include OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access) techniques as used in WLAN systems, in which for example orthogonal frequencies may be used in the place of spreading codes.
It should be appreciated that the terms “base station” and “mobile station” used throughout are intended to be representative of the equivalent functionality used in wireless communications systems including, for example the equivalent references to “node B” and “user equipment” in 3G and 4G systems. Also, it should be obvious that while the wording “mobile station” has been used, this is non-limiting and the present invention is intended also for mobile stations that are static and not necessary mobile. The mobile station can be a mobile phone, a PDA, a portable computer, a mobile terminal or any other type of user equipment.
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|U.S. Classification||455/101, 455/562.1, 455/524|
|International Classification||H04Q7/20, H04B7/06, H04B1/04, H04M1/00, H04B7/02, H04B7/00|
|Cooperative Classification||H04B7/0615, H04B7/0452|
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